What was your original face?

What was your original face?

Han-shan in The journey to the west?

Chinese literaturePosted by Vidar Mon, January 22, 2007 20:14:48

The illustrations below showing Hsuan-tsang recieving sutras, are taken from an 1614-edition of the 16th century chinese novel The journey to the west (西遊記). In the left panel are two figures that must be Han-shan and Shih-te.

Several years ago I read Arthur Waleys Monkey. I have long thought about reading a complete translation, and decided to go for Anthony C. Yu and his 4-volumes from Chicago University Press.

I have only just started on volume 1. There is no Han-shan in the index, so I will keep my eyes open for a scene like this:

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The picture as shown above is a composite of 2 pictures, taken from pages 236 and 237 in volume 2 of a collection of old book-illustrations.

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